Don't eat the fish. It's nothing new to scientists, but there is a fish consumption warning for the beloved rockfish here in Maryland.
The long-term effects of eating a contaminated top predator could be hazardous to your health. Adults are not to eat more than one meal per month of rockfish. Children and women of childbearing age should not eat trophy-sized fish at all. Individuals will have to weigh the risks of contaminants in the fish with the benefits of seafood.
The main risk-driver for the warning is PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. They were banned from production in the 70s, but persist in the environment at alarming levels. Mercury is another reason these fish are on Maryland's list.
This is a topic I have dealt with both at school and at work. Although I feel it is an important one, it is often overlooked. I was glad to see that the media got a hold of this issue last week. I saw it on the Fox evening news, and read a CBS news article about it. I am sure it was in other places, as well.
Other fish in the state
are also under a consumption advisory. Take a look and see what advisories are in your area, and monitor your seafood intake. You can still eat fish, according to the state, but it should be done in moderation.